How we work

As a party, we believe strongly in democracy, and this is reflected in our organisational structures. Our three main decision-making committees are elected by our members.

Members can also join party organisations, which are groups of like-minded people who share a particular interest or identity.


Federal Executive

Chair: Sal Brinton

Federal Executive (FE) is the governing body of the Federal Party. It is responsible for directing, co-ordinating, and implementing the work of the Federal Party.

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Federal Policy Committee

Chair: Duncan Hames

The Federal Policy Committee (FPC) is responsible for the party's policy-making process and for commissioning research and development, from which it creates policy papers for debate by Conference.

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Federal Conference Committee 

Chair: Andrew Wiseman

The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) is responsible for staging Federal Conference – where conference representatives have the chance to decide on party policy. 

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Specified Associated Organisations

Specified Associated Organisations (SAOs) are groups of party members that share, or support, a particular identity. SAOs are approved by the Federal Executive and are entitled to submit motions to Conference.

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Associated Organisations

Associated Organisations (AOs) are groups of party members that share a particular belief, interest or cause. AOs are approved by the Federal Executive.

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English Council Executive

Chair: Steve Jarvis

The governing body of the English Liberal Democrats, or ‘English Party’, is the English Council, which meets twice a year. It is made up of representatives of all the 11 English Regional Parties, who are elected at their regional conferences.

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Votes for 16 year-olds

Back our campaign if you want to see the voting age reduced to 16.

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Making progress in Tower Hamlets

Elaine Bagshaw and Chris Walts write about their campaigns and experiences in the recent Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election.

Extreme views are best defeated by free speech

Liberal Democrats blocked Theresa May’s plans for banning orders on three different occasions

 

Come to Conference 

Registration for our Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, 19 - 23 September is now open. 

For more information and to register, click here.